Youth Climate Change Conference: Candidates Needed

25 JULY, 2017

 

The United Nations Development Programme is making a request for expressions of interest, with a deadline of 18 August, 2017.

1 - Submit a 1 page document detailing why you are the ideal candidate to represent your country at the Regional Youth Climate Change Conference in Kingston, Jamaica - October, 2017.

2 - Candidates should fall into one of the following age categories: 14-16 / 17-19 / 20-22 / 23-29, with one person per category being awarded.

3 - Entries and queries should be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject "expression of interest, YCCC". Candidates should also indicate their name, age and any environmental work or interests.

All expenses related to the conference will be covered by UNDP.

 

Caribbean Youth Environment Network
Japan
Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership
United Nations Development Programme

 

gladdingartCCCaribbean countries meet in Grenada ahead of COP22 in Morocco

VAUGHNDELL JOSEPH, REAL FM GRENADA (6 SEPTEMBER, 2016)

 

“for us in small island developing states, climate change requires a redirection of development towards resilience and sustainability in the face of increasing temperatures, more extreme meteorological events, sea level rise, biodiversity loss and the progressive disappearance of critical potable water resources.”

 

PRESS REVIEW: 5 JANUARY, 2016

HOW THE ISLANDS THAT WILL BE DESTROYED BY CLIMATE CHANGE WON A VICTORY IN PARIS

FAST COMPANY (21 DECEMBER, 2015)

STRONG REGIONAL COLLABORATION CREDITED FOR CARICOM'S SUCCESSFUL CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN

PANOS CARIBBEAN (23 DECEMBER, 2015)

SEAN PAUL AMONG REGGAE ACTS TO GET BEHIND CLIMATE CHANGE MESSAGING

PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR, JAMAICA GLEANER (3 JANUARY, 2016)

'1.5 TO STAY ALIVE' CAMPAIGN HAILED A SUCCESS BY CARICOM

PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR, JAMAICA GLEANER (3 JANUARY, 2016)

 

jamaicamercyJAMAICA AT THE MERCY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

YOHANN LEE, BUSINESSGREEN (21 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

"For this particular period between 2014 and 2015, I think no one expected that sort of harsh drought that we experienced. We farmers were not aware that it would be so devastating."

PRESS REVIEW: 18 DECEMBER, 2015

PARIS CLIMATE DEAL GETS CARICOM'S THUMBS UP

CARIBBEAN 360 (17 DECEMBER, 2015)

ISLANDS IN PARIS: NEW CLIMATE DEAL GIVES SOME RECOGNITION TO HUMANITY'S TRUTH BEARERS

ROGER-MARK DE SOUZA, NEW SECURITY BEAT/WILSON CENTER (16 DECEMBER, 2016)

NO CAUSE FOR THE CARIBBEAN TO CELEBRATE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

SIR RONALD SANDERS, THE ANTILLEAN (17 DECEMBER, 2015)

PRESS REVIEW: 16 DECEMBER, 2015 

PARIS AGREEMENT OFFERS HOPE TO CARIBBEAN - CTO

CARICOM TODAY (15 DECEMBER, 2015)

WHAT THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT MEANS FOR VULNERABLE NATIONS

AMANDA LITTLE, THE NEW YORKER (16 DECEMBER, 2015)

FROM ZEROS TO HEROES: THE HIGHS & LOWS OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN AT COP21

GREGG SCRUGGS, NACLA (16 DECEMBER, 2015)

THE CARIBBEAN'S REACTION TO THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL

CARIBBEAN JOURNAL (14 DECEMBER, 2015)

CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION ON THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (15 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

PRESS REVIEW: 15 DECEMBER, 2015

“1.5 TO STAY ALIVE”: WILL THE WORLD ECHO THE MANTRA

CYEN SAINT LUCIA (15 DECEMBER, 2015)

THE CONCEPTUAL BREAKTHROUGH BEHIND THE PARIS CLIMATE TREATY

DAVID ROBERTS, VOX (15 DECEMBER, 2015)

FALLING SHORT ON CLIMATE IN PARIS

BILL MCKIBBEN, NEW YORK TIMES (13 DECEMBER, 2015)

UN CHIEF OFFERS THANKS TO CIVIL SOCIETY FOR ITS ROLE IN PARIS AGREEMENT

BAN KI-MOON, UNITED NATIONS (14 DECEMBER, 2015)

HISTORIC CLIMATE DEAL REACHED; CARIBBEAN GRATEFUL FOR SOME ELEMENTS

CARIBBEAN 360 (14 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

miamisiegeTHE SIEGE OF MIAMI

ELIZABETH KOLBERT, THE NEW YORKER (DECEMBER, 2015)

 

To cope with its recurrent flooding, Miami Beach has already spent something like a hundred million dollars. It is planning on spending several hundred million more. Such efforts are, in Wanless’s view, so much money down the drain. Sooner or later—and probably sooner—the city will have too much water to deal with. Even before that happens, Wanless believes, insurers will stop selling policies on the luxury condos that line Biscayne Bay. Banks will stop writing mortgages. 

 

historicclimateCARIBBEAN CELEBRATES HISTORIC CLIMATE ACCORD

ALISON KENTISH, TELESUR (14 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

“The negotiation of this agreement marked a watershed for Caribbean collaboration. We have never worked so closely with such determined, common purpose and we have reaped the results,” said Dr. Didacus Jules.

 

ClimateChangeA20151105IANEGOTIATOR WARNS AGAINST COMPLACENCY FOLLOWING PARIS CLIMATE TALKS

PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR, JAMAICA GLEANER (14 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

"For SIDS, we will have to continue the lobby efforts to push developed countries to be more ambitious, because, if we become complacent, the adaptation cost to us will only continue to rise and the potential loss and damage related to climate change will become an even greater challenge." - Dr. Orville Grey, Jamaica

 

endoffossilPARIS AGREEMENT USHERS IN END OF THE FOSSIL FUEL ERA

ERIC HOLTHAUS, SLATE (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

After two weeks of talks and more than two decades of meetings, representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris on Saturday to celebrate what they called a “historic turning point” in world history: The first-ever universal agreement intended to slow the onset of climate change. 

 

JIMMYSAINT LUCIA: PM PRAISES DR. FLETCHER FOR LEADERSHIP ROLE AT COP 21

SAINT LUCIA NEWS ONLINE (13 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Antony has congratulated Minister James Fletcher for the “outstanding job” in providing leadership to St. Lucia and CARICOM at the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).

 

cop paris perspective croppedGLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT ON ... NEARLY 200 NATIONS APPROVE LANDMARK DEAL

JAMAICA GLEANER (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change today, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution, but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.

 

greatestsuccessPARIS CLIMATE DEAL: THE WORLD'S GREATEST DIPLOMATIC SUCCESS

FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (13 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

With all 196 nations having a say, the UN climate deal, with all its frustrations and drama, has proven that compromise works for the planet.

 

onewordTHE ONE WORD THAT ALMOST SUNK THE CLIMATE TALKS

ANDREW RESTUCCIA, POLITICO (13 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

It took a last-minute tweak to the text and a huge coalition to help pressure China and India to get a deal.

 

notacureCLIMATE ACCORD IS A HEALING STEP, IF NOT A CURE

JUSTIN GILLIS, NEW YORK TIMES (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

After the stomping and cheering died down, and the hugs and toasts ended, a question hung in the air as the climate conference came to a close: What does the new deal really mean for the future of the Earth?

 

mixedreactionsPARIS CLIMATE DEAL: REACTION FROM THE EXPERTS

THE GUARDIAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

While the summit delegates herald their ambitious targets, scientists and campaigners have mixed views of the agreement. 

 

unfccclogoHISTORIC PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

UNFCCC (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius

 

11223997 10153331831158214 3450111512086635498 nHON. MINISTER JIMMY FLETCHER, SAINT LUCIA, ON BEHALF OF CARICOM

CLOSING SESSION, COMITÉ DE PARIS, COP21 (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

"President Francois Hollande, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with a deep sense of pride and gratitude that I take the floor on behalf of my country Saint Lucia and the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, for which we hold lead responsibility for Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

The Government of Saint Lucia and the governments of the countries that make up CARICOM, applaud the process that has culminated in the production of the Paris Agreement that we have just adopted. This has been a resounding triumph of multilateralism. You employed an inclusive, transparent, Party-driven mechanism that allowed every country, regardless of physical size or economic circumstance, to have its voice heard.

 

damnwellWORLD LEADERS ADOPT 1.5 C GOAL - AND WE'RE DAMN WELL GOING TO HOLD THEM TO IT

BILL MCKIBBEN, GRIST (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The world’s governments have now announced their intentions. And so the rest of us can hold them to those promises, or at least try. What, you want to build a pipeline? I thought you were going to go for 1.5 degrees. You want to frack? Are you fracking kidding me? You said you were going for 2 degrees at the absolute worst.

 

triumphCARICOM HAILS PARIS AGREEMENT

ANTILLEAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Notwithstanding the several compromises, CARICOM called the Agreement a resounding triumph of multilateralism. James Fletcher, the St. Lucian minister with responsibility for sustainable development, said that “perhaps for the first time in a long time, Caribbean and other SIDS felt that our concerns were being heard”.

 

PARIS ACCORDS IS FORMALLY ADOPTED

12 DECEMBER, 2015

 

 

 

signalnoiseSIGNAL AND NOISE AT THE PARIS CLIMATE SUMMIT

AMANDA LITTLE, THE NEW YORKER (10 DECEMBER,2015)

 

“Right now, we have in Paris more global leaders in one place at one time than ever before in history,” Steyer told me. “That alone delivers a message to businesses that whoever is doing this, whoever is on the cutting edge in terms of providing the technology and services for this global project—they’re going to be giant. And whoever continues doing business as usual will wither.” 

whatcaribbeanwantsHOW TINY ISLANDS DROVE HUGE AMBITION AT THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS

CHRIS MOONEY, THE WASHINGTON POST (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

The Paris climate-change conference was supposed to be about the needs of big countries and what they are willing to do to slow the warming of Earth’s atmosphere. But in the end, the two weeks of sometimes round-the-clock negotiations focused at least as much on some of the smallest, most defenseless nations whose very existence could hinge on the outcome of the talks.

 

PARIS AGREEMENT FINAL TEXT - PENDING APPROVAL BY PLENARY

COP21- UNFCCC (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

ANALYSIS: THE [FINAL] PARIS CLIMATE DEAL

CARBON BRIEF (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

The final draft of the Paris deal includes a temperature limit of “well below 2C”, and says there should be “efforts” to limit it to 1.5C. This is stronger than many countries had hoped just months previously, but falls short of the desires of many island and vulnerable nations, which had pushed for 1.5C as an absolute limit. 

 

caricomoptimisticCARICOM NEGOTIATORS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OUTCOME OF PARIS CLIMATE SUMMIT

ANTILLEAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

On the final day of the Paris climate summit, the CARICOM delegation seems certain that it will receive text in the Summit’s final outcome document that legally binds states to reduce global emissions to a level that will limit long-term temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over current levels.

 

highlyaspirationalTHE PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT IS GOING TO BE HIGHLY ASPIRATIONAL. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED.

ERIC HOLTHAUS, SLATE (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Thanks to tweets and a rogue Google Doc from inside last night’s talks, we now know a lot more about what that final text might include when it emerges on Saturday. The negotiations seem to be taking a “build it and they will come” approach, hoping to signal urgency to the global private sector that the era of fossil fuels must end very soon, rather than command national-level emission reductions via international law, as previous climate talks have tried, and failed, to accomplish. 

 

90secCCEXPLAINED IN 90 SECONDS: WHY 1.5 DEGREES MATTERS

TIM MCDONNELL, MOTHER JONES (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The whole Paris accord risks losing credibility if it comes up with a really ambitious target and no way to reach it.

 

OECDoldbattlesDEVELOPING COUNTRIES AT PARIS CLIMATE TALKS SHOULD STOP FIGHTING OLD BATTLES, SAYS OECD HEAD

FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Climate finance – to help poor countries cut emissions and cope with the effects of extreme weather – is a key sticking point at the Paris climate change talks. Poor countries were promised in 2009 that at least $100bn (£66bn) would flow to them by 2020, and proof that this will be fulfilled is a pre-requisite for them to sign any agreement.

 

BANKIMOONBAN KI-MOON CALLS PARIS CLIMATE TALKS 'MOST COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT' EVER

ADAM VAUGHAN, THE GUARDIAN (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said the international climate talks that are edging towards a conclusion in Paris have been the most complicated and difficult negotiations he has ever been involved in.

 

below2cTHURSDAY'S DRAFT PARIS AGREEMENT AIMS FOR "WELL BELOW 2C" WARMING

CLIMATE HOME (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Linked to this is a new, ambitious goal of pursuing means of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C, a key demand of over 40 low lying and climate vulnerable countries, in addition to an effort to “hold the increase in average temperatures to well below 2C”.

 

finishinglineGLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL "CLOSE TO FINISHING LINE"

JOHN UPTON, CLIMATE CENTRAL (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

“We are extremely close to the finishing line,” said the president of the negotiations, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, before the 27-page draft was handed to delegates from nearly 200 nations. “It’s time to come to an agreement.”

 

climaterefugeesCLIMATE MIGRANTS COULD DWARF OTHER REFUGEE FLOWS - EXPERTS

LAURIE GOERING, REUTERS (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

As weather extremes strengthen and seas rise around the world, forced migration linked to climate pressures is poised to become a "mega-problem" that could dwarf existing flows of conflict refugees, migration experts warned on Thursday.

 

carboncountdownonepointfivedegreesSCIENTISTS DISCUSS THE 1.5C LIMIT TO GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RISE

CARBON BRIEF (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

With global temperatures rise set to pass the 1C mark this year, is a 1.5C limit feasible? What would achieving it mean in practice? And how would a 1.5C world compare to a 2C one? Carbon Brief asked scientists here in Paris for their thoughts.

 

caribcontinuednegosCARIBBEAN CONTINUES NEGOTIATIONS FOR NEW CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL

JAMAICA OBSERVER (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Caribbean delegates at the climate change talks here were engaged in another round of talks on the penultimate day of negotiations for a new climate change agreement that will take into consideration their demands and concerns. 

 

sargassumCCSARGASSUM AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE CARIBBEAN

UNDP (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

This summer, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration US (NOAA), we had the highest rates of temperature recorded in land and ocean surfaces on the planet in the last 135 years. And if that was not enough, tons of sargassum algae stormed the Caribbean coast, turning the shores brown and emitting a foul odor (hydrogen sulphide) due to the decomposition of the algae, causing the cancellation of hundreds of domestic and international flights and reservations at hotels, bringing loss of economic benefit and permanent and temporary jobs in the region. 

 

238521 130928 twam julieAUSTRALIA'S FM JULIE BISHOP SAYS CLIMATE DEAL 80 PER CENT DONE

SKY NEWS (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop believes the latest version of a global agreement on climate change action is 80 per cent there and remains hopeful a deal will be settled in Paris.

 

delayedagreementCOP21: FINAL PUSH FOR CLIMATE DEAL AMID 'OPTIMISM'

BBC (11 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Negotiators at the Paris summit aim to wrap up a global agreement to curb climate change on Saturday - a day later than expected. 

 

criticalcaribbeanCARIBBEAN NEGOTIATORS DIG IN AS PARIS TALKS NEAR CLOSE

JAMAICA GLEANER (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

"All of the Caribbean issues are still alive, which is a good thing ... . We haven't lost anything in the text," said head of the CARICOM Task Force on Climate Change Dr James Fletcher.

 

ministersraceMINISTERS RACE TO FINALISE CRUCIAL CLIMATE BLUEPRINT

MARIETTE LE ROUX AND MARLOWE HOOD, AFP/YAHOO NEWS (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Ministers racing to forge a pact to save mankind from disastrous climate change were finalising a crucial blueprint on Wednesday, hoping to give the clearest picture yet of whether a historic week in Paris will succeed.

 

unexpectedmovePARIS COP21: AN UNEXPECTED MOVE TOWARD GLOBAL TARGET OF 1.5 DEGREES

FRED PEARCE, YALE 360 (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

It is the big surprise of the Paris talks: the growing acceptance of a call from small nations most vulnerable to climate change for the conference to declare warming should be halted at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

 

goldentoad 0CLIMATE TALKS: WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR THE WORLD'S SPECIES

CARIBBEAN CLIMATE (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Infographic shows how even under 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, one in 20 species could go extinct, at great cost to economies, health and food.

 

disagreementparisTHESE ARE THE DISAGREEMENTS HOLDING UP PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

JUSTIN WORLAND, TIME (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The clock is ticking for negotiators to come to agreement in several key areas.

 

roadblocksTHE SIX KEY ROAD BLOCKS AT THE UN CLIMATE TALKS IN PARIS

SUZANNE GOLDENBERG, THE GUARDIAN (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

From a 1.5C or 2C limit, to climate aid and the public reporting of emissions, here are the main differences in the draft text

 

francesco la cameraCARICOM MINISTERS SIGN PROJECT WITH ITALY TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change.

 

directaccessclimatefinanceOPINION: DIRECT ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE FINANCE - A VIEW FROM LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

MATHIEU LACOSTE, CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE CENTER (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries are fast-growing economies that have had, in many cases, a sustained growth above the world average GDP rates in the last decade. Despite not being amongst the highest greenhouse gas emitters, most of the countries are highly vulnerable to climate change and climate variation due to their lack of capacity to respond to the rising challenge posed by climate change in terms of subnational planning, incorporating climate change into their public expenditure and domestic budgets at the national and subnational level and within sectors. 

 

prettygreenPRETTY GREEN: THE YOUTH CLAMOURING FOR A CLIMATE DEAL

CLIMATE HOME (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

They’re unruly, idealistic and shout loudest for justice. But are they being heard? We met five twentysomethings at COP21 

 

caribbeanunhapyCARIBBEAN NOT HAPPY WITH DRAFT AGREEMENT AT COP21

CARIBBEAN 360 (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

As negotiators review a preliminary draft agreement issued yesterday at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers and heads of delegations are pressing for outstanding concerns to be adequately represented in the final outcome agreement due tomorrow.

 

99nationsNINETY NATION COALITION AIMS FOR AMBITIOUS CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL

DAVID BIELLO, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Among its goals, the coalition of countries, including the U.S., wants an agreement that the world must aim as soon as possible to hold global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius and work toward a long-term low-carbon future.  

 

smallbusinessADD SMALL FIRMS TO CLIMATE ADAPTATION PUSH

LOU DE BELLO, SCIDEV NET (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

In this interview, Heather McGray, an adaptation researcher at the World Resources Institute, argues that big changes must happen from the ground up. She says that untapped resources such as small businesses could play a crucial role by investing in adaptation efforts and adopting practices to cope with changing climate.

 

FIATLUXFIAT LUX: ILLUMINATING OUR COMMON HOME

A PUBLIC ART PROJECTION TO LIGHT ST. PETER'S BASILICA AND INSPIRE CHANGE AROUND THE CLIMATE CRISIS

 

 

 

IMG 5062 1024x682CARICOM NEGOTIATORS PUSH KEY ISSUES AS COP 21 RELEASES DRAFT AGREEMENT

CARICOM TODAY (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

As negotiators review a preliminary draft agreement issued Wednesday at the UN Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, CARICOM Ministers and Heads of delegations are pressing for outstanding concerns to be adequately represented in the final outcome agreement, due on Friday.

 

ldcontroversy"LOSS AND DAMAGE" CONTROVERSY SMOULDERS AT CLIMATE TALKS

MEGAN ROWLING, ANTILLEAN/REUTERS (10 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Having a mechanism to address the losses and damage caused by climate change included in the draft of a U.N. deal to tackle global warming is a victory for vulnerable island states, and they will fight to keep it in, said Tuvalu’s prime minister.

 

coolstayalive1.5 TO STAY ALIVE RECEIVES WORLDWIDE ATTENTION

PRESS RELEASE, GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA (10 DEECEMBER, 2015)

 

Minister Fletcher told the New Zealand Herald that he expects resistance from some countries to the 1.5 goal. "It's a fight that really should not be focused on numbers - 1.5, 2, 2.5. It should be focused on lives. We're not fighting for numbers, we're fighting for lives," he said.

 

TOURISMCCTOURISM LEADERS SPEAK OUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

GAY NAGLE MYERS,TRAVEL WEEKLY (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Backing up Caricom’s position is the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), which has called on the global community to support the call for a binding agreement on climate change by the world’s nations.

 

newdraftnittygrittyA NEW DRAFT OF THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, AND WHAT REMAINS

SEWELL CHAN, NEW YORK TIMES (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

It all comes down to the nitty-gritty. The latest draft of the international climate agreement that 195 nations have been haggling over was released midafternoon Wednesday, just after Secretary of State John Kerry gave an impassioned speech urging consensus.

 

wrestledangersLIMIT WARMING TO 2 DEGREES OR 1.5? CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS WRESTLE WITH DANGERS OF HALF A DEGREE

JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR., INSIDECLIMATE NEWS (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The striking shift to 1.5 degrees is an acknowledgment that a mere half degree of extra warming could mean profound changes for the planet.

 

homestretchCARIBBEAN STATES REMAIN CONFIDENT AS COP21 NEARS HOME STRETCH

TELESUR ENGLISH (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Didacus Jules told the conference’s plenary session that the bloc’s small states were in Paris appealing for a temperature cap that is needed for their survival.

 

flawsdealPARIS CLIMATE TALKS: DELEGATES WARN OF FLAWS IN AMBITIOUS PROPOSALS FOR DEAL

SUZANNE GOLDENBERG, JOHN VIDAL AND LENORE TAYLOR, THE GUARDIAN (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Despite agreeing on need for bold plans to protect vulnerable countries from rising seas, gaps remain in latest draft text, with next 48 hours crucial

 

cccommfailureCLIMATE CHANGE IS 'LARGEST SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FAILURE IN HISTORY'

KIM BRUNHUBER, CBC NEWS (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Most scientists have been trying to convince people with actual science. But Stoknes says evidence of melting glaciers, rising sea levels and endangered wildlife evoke doomsday scenarios that are just too big for people to handle.

 

JIMMYMINISTERS TAKE CHARGE OF COP21 NEGOTIATIONS

GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA / CNS (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Minister Fletcher is very pleased that the region has done “a very good job” in preparing for the climate change talks. He pointed to several preparatory meetings and the circulation of position with the help of the CARICOM Secretariat and the assistance of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) adding that: “Everybody should know very clearly now where our positions and where our redline lie.”

 

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SNALIAH MAHAL, OWN BLOG (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

"After COP we have to put pressure on the climate finance institutions: the Adaptation Fund, the Green Climate Fund and all the other funds, including existing ones like the GEF, that they can start providing the sort of funding that we need for climate change adaptation."

 

cop paris perspective croppedCOP21: 'FIREWORKS' EXPECTED AS NEW CLIMATE TEXT PUBLISHED

MATH MCGRATH, BBC (9 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

One observer warned that there could be "fireworks" if countries are unhappy with the compromises proposed. 

 

CCschoolNEW SUBJECT AT SCHOOL: CLIMATE CHANGE

CLAUDIA DELPERO, ROAD TO PARIS

 

The Dominican Republic has become a champion of climate education. Some 3,000 teachers have been trained in the country and the causes and effects of global warming are now taught in schools of all levels. Other countries with strong climate education programmes are Costa Rica, Mauritius, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, the Philippines and Vietnam.

 

fightCJLATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN FIGHT FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AT COP21

TELESUR (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Latin American countries called for a legally binding agreement at COP21 in Paris on Tuesday that would see rich, northern nations lead a global transition to clean energy by transferring technology and financing to poorer countries in the global south.

 

20151207 114608 700x394THE RADICAL IDEA THAT'S GAINING MOMENTUM AT THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS

CHRIS MOONEY, WASHINGTON POST (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Even as some experts are questioning the extent to which it’s even possible, more and more voices at the U.N. climate change conference here are standing up for at least aspiring to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, rather than the more commonly cited 2 degrees C.

 

wrong2cIS 2 DEGREES THE WRONG CLIMATE GOAL?

JOHN D. SUTTER, CNN (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

A growing coalition of activists and government officials now are calling for an even lower temperature ceiling: 1.5 degrees Celsius since the industrial revolution.

 

12309636 10153324395583214 5793232441401919284 oCLIMATE COALITION BREAKS COVER IN PARIS TO PUSH FOR BINDING AND AMBITIOUS DEAL

KARL MATHIESEN AND FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Alliance representing more than 100 countries, including US, shows developed and developing world can work together, says EU climate chief.

 

tumblr mn8b8sLRb61rkz363o1 1280SAINT LUCIA SHOWCASES ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

PRESS RELEASE, SAINT LUCIA NEWS ONLINE (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Today, in keeping with its promise to transition to 35% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2020 and reduce electricity consumption in the Public Sector by 20% by 2020, the Government of Saint Lucia announced a new partnership in solar energy generation that will benefit one of its most iconic institutions.

 

hugtreeSAVE A HUMAN BEING, HUG A TREE

DIZZANNE BILLY, CNS (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

T&T is losing its green.

 

oldmindsetNEW DRAFT TEXT, OLD MINDSET

DIZZANNE BILLY, CLIMATE TRACKER (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Hustling through the halls and sitting at the cafés of Le Bourget during the first week of COP21, one number was on everyone’s lips – 1.5°C. 

 

Caribbean actsCARIBBEAN ACTS PERFORM AT UN CLIMATE TALKS

PRESS RELEASE, PANOS CARIBBEAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Adrian Martinez of Belize and Jamaica’s Aaron Silk — both of them singers/songwriters — delivered on a riveting performance on Monday, as week two of the global climate talks got going. 

 

uneclacECLAC SIDE EVENT AT COP21 TO ADVOCATE CARIBBEAN DEBT RELIEF

PRESS RELEASE, SAINT LUCIA NEWS ONLINE (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The possibilities for integrating the twin imperatives of pursuing climate resilience and debt reduction with a proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps, will be considered at a side event to be held during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21).

 

Unknown 3COP21 IS TOO MALE DOMINATED AND HAS MALE PRIORITIES, SAYS UN SPECIAL ENVOY

FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The climate change talks going on in Paris are too dominated by men, to the detriment of effective action on saving people from the ravages of global warming, the UN’s special envoy on climate change has said.

 

ksasabotageIS SAUDI ARABIA TRYING TO SABOTAGE THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS?

SUZANNE GOLDENBER, GRIST (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

“We feel Saudi Arabia is playing a bully role in undermining the position of other Arab countries,” Hmaidan said. “It is unfortunate that the Arab group is the only group opposing 1.5 degrees C.” 

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SNALIAH MAHAL, OWN BLOG (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

Snaliah Mahal: How are the negotiations going?

Dr. James Fletcher: The negotiations are not going as well as I am. They are going slowly. We have a draft text in front of us which seems to have very many brackets and options still in it. So it means there will be quite a bit of work for Ministers to do over the next few days. 

 

PODCAST: HOW CLIMATE VULNERABLE COUNTRIES ARE SETTING THE AGENDA IN PARIS

MEGAN DARBY, CLIMATE HOME (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

Megan Darby talks to Monica Araya, former Costa Rica negotiator and founder of think tank Nivela, about an extraordinary push for a 1.5C global warming limit at COP21

 

JIMMYCARIBBEAN NEGOTIATORS HAND OVER MANTLE TO MINISTERS AT CLIMATE TALKS

DESMOND BROWN, CNS (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Minister Fletcher is very pleased that the region has done “a very good job” in preparing for the climate change talks. He pointed to several preparatory meetings and the circulation of position with the help of the CARICOM Secretariat and the assistance of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), adding that “everybody should know very clearly now where our positions and where our redline lie”. 

 

coolstayalive1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS REMAINS IN PLAY AT PARIS CLIMATE TALKS

PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR, JAMAICA GLEANER (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

After a week of deliberations at the United Nations climate talks in Paris, 1.5 degrees Celsius as a possible target for holding the increase in global temperatures - crucial for islands like Jamaica and others of the Caribbean - remains in play.

 

20151207 114608 700x394FINANCE FOR ADAPTATION KEY FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

DIZZANNE BILLY, CNS (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

In the second week of climate negotiations, African countries are calling for focus on climate finance for adaptation. This is also a major priority area for Caribbean countries. According to the Minister of Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology of St. Lucia, Dr. James Fletcher, “we need developed countries to reaffirm money toward adaptation. While mitigation is important, adaptation is definitely something that developing countries need to focus on.”

 

14 copy 0THE FATE OF THE WORLD HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED

NEIL TANGRI, DHAKA TRIBUNE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Small island states, concerned for their very existence, are pushing for a more ambitious target  -- 1.5C. The higher the temperature gets, the greater danger we run of crossing a “tipping point”  --  a runaway feedback mechanism that will take us to an unrecognisable, hothouse Earth.

 

baby2100WHAT WILL HIS LIFE BE LIKE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?

RAVEENA AULAKH & TYLER HAMILTON, TORONTO STAR (6 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

How is a warming planet going to shape the life of a baby born in Toronto in December 2015? The Star asked 10 scientists from Canada and the U.S. to describe the ways climate change will redefine life in the 21st century. These stories are based on their educated guesses of best and worst case scenarios, based on the scientific consensus.

 

kerryCCKERRY SIGNALS U.S. SUPPORT FOR AMBITIOUS 1.5-DEGREE GOAL IN CLIMATE DEAL

ANDREW FREEDMAN, MASHABLE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The United States is in favor of incorporating an ambitious 1.5-degree Celsius goal into the climate agreement at the ongoing U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, also known as COP21, provided that the language wouldn't replace the previously agreed-upon 2-degree target, Secretary of State John Kerry told Mashable on Monday. 

 

irwinlarocqueCLIMATE TALKS IN FINAL PHASE WITH NO RESOLUTION ON FUNDING

CARIBBEAN 360 (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

As the Paris climate talks move to its conclusion Friday, civil society groups are expressing serious concerns about the continued deadlock on a proposed package for funding amounting to about US$100 billion a year by 2020.

 

coalitionfossilfuelCOALITION URGES ACTION TO PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES

JAMAICA OBSERVER (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations have called for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C and perhaps close to the 1.5°C for which Caricom and other Small Island Developing States are advocating. 

 

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DIZZANNE BILLY, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GUARDIAN (8 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Fortunately, Caricom appears to have a shared idea of what they must do to seek the interests of the Caribbean and other SIDS. For the most part, these ideas fall in line with those held up by other developing countries within G77 + China, Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs), and a key one for Caricom—the Alliance of Small Island Developing States.  

 

heatfinalweekAT U.N. CLIMATE TALKS, TOP OFFICIALS TURN UP HEAT FOR FINAL WEEK

REUTERS/THE ANTILLEAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

A four-year global effort to craft a binding deal to brake rising world temperatures enters an intense home stretch on Monday, with senior officials in Paris stepping up pressure to resolve the most contentious points. 

 

websonantiguaIN ANTIGUA, EVERYTHING HANGS ON A GOOD AGREEMENT IN PARIS

DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Walton A. Webson, says for his country, everything hangs on a good agreement being reached at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) taking place here. 

 

surprise15cwinWITH 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS TARGET, CLIMATE JUSTICE MOVEMENT POISED TO SCORE SURPRISE WIN

MARK HERTSGAARD (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Pressure from activists and vulnerable countries has shifted the discussion away from a 2 degrees C target—a virtual death sentence for millions of people.

 

12339230 439673852897553 5826565980861388710 oPARIS CLIMATE TALKS: BIGGEST POLLUTERS BACK TOUGHER WARMING TARGET

SUZANNE GOLDENBERG AND JOHN VIDAL, THE GUARDIAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The world’s biggest climate polluters rallied around a stronger target for limiting warming on Monday, saying they were open to the 1.5C goal endorsed by the most vulnerable countries. In the last few days, the 1.5C target has become short-hand for reaching a more ambitious agreement that would keep pace with real-time changes already underway on the ground.

 

catastropheparisSMALL STATES FACING A SLIDE TO CATASTROPHE IN PARIS

SIR RONALD SANDERS, THE ANTILLEAN (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Small states will suffer if asked to bear the burden for damage attributable to climate change, warns Antiguan Ambassador. 

 

icebergsparisTHE ARTIST WHO IS BRINGING ICEBERGS TO PARIS

CYNTHIA ZARIN, THE NEW YORKER (5 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The idea of “Ice Watch” is twofold: the ice is arranged like a watch, or a clock face, to indicate the passing of time; and, in real time, observers will be able to watch the ice melt. Eliasson explains, “A circle is like a compass. It leaves navigation to the people who are inside it. It is a mistake to think that the work of art is the circle of ice—it is the space it invents. And it is on a street in Paris—and a street in Paris can’t be more important than it is right now. We all feel that strongly.” 

 

shssluSAINT LUCIA SHOWCASES ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

SOLAR HEAD OF STATE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Today, in keeping with its promise to transition to 35% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2020 and reduce electricity consumption in the Public Sector by 20% by 2020, the Government of Saint Lucia announced a new partnership in solar energy generation that will benefit one of its most iconic institutions.

 

canadaflagCANADA: CATHERINE MCKENNA PUSHES FOR 1.5 C TARGET IN PARIS CLIMATE TALKS

SHAWN MCCARTHY AND ERIC REGULY, GLOBE AND MAIL (6 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Canada has endorsed a call from small island nations to hold global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, putting Ottawa out of step with the United States, which has maintained a 2 C target.

 

aussie15cPARIS UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2015: AUSTRALIA BACKS TARGET OF LIMITING WARMING TO 1.5 DEGREES

PETER HANNAM AND TOM ARUP, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (6 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Australia will support the inclusion of a goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees – the level demanded by low-lying countries most at risk from climate change – in a deal being negotiated in Paris in return for favourable carbon accounting rules.

 

DRAFT AGREEMENT AND DRAFT DECISION ON WORKSTREAMS 1 AND 2 OF THE AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE DURBAN PLATFORM FOR ENHANCED ACTION

UNFCCC ADP CONTACT GROUP (VERSION OF 4 DECEMBER 2015 at 10.00)

 

"Hold the increase in the global average temperature [below 1.5 °C] [or] [well] [below 2 °C] above pre- industrial levels by ensuring deep cuts in global greenhouse gas [net] emissions; "

 

CYENcopCARIBBEAN YOUTHS OUTLINE THEIR EXPECTATIONS FROM COP21

DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (7 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), a youth advocacy group representing more than 800 young people in the Caribbean and Latin America, has placed on the table its expectations from the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), now in its second week in Paris. 

 

horacewaltersMAKING THE CASE FOR CARIBBEAN FISHERS AT PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE

DESMOND BROWN, CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE (6 DECEMBER, 2015)

 

Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community. Walters, who has been involved in fishing for more than 40 years, said coastal communities, fishers, and fish farmers are already profoundly affected by climate change. He pointed to rising sea levels and acid oceans among the impacts of climate change.